Twenty minutes into heating a solution....voila, it was done!
There I was, with my lab coat on, closed-toed shoes (which rarely happens in Hawaii), behind the protection of a hood.
I took the solution off the hot plate and....
the bottom of the glass bottle remained on the hot plate, the top, still in my hand.
The lanthanum chloride in sodium cacodylate splashed everywhere. The hot plate is ruined.
"Do you know how to tell when you have acute cacodylate exposure?" asks Tina, our lab manager 10 minutes later when I call her.
"No..." (Oh crap, I forgot about the cacodylate, concentrating only on the effects of the rare-earth metal)
"You'll taste garlic".
Taste buds in check, I let out a sigh of a relief.
Boy, was I lucky. Serves me right for working on a Sunday.
Anyone else have any good work-related stories?
John Paul - 3 months
2 years ago